Istanbul Program


Istanbul, Turkey | May 25-June 15, 2014


The Istanbul Study Abroad Program is co-sponsored by the South Texas College of Law and the William Mitchell College of Law, and is conducted in cooperation with the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

An application for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program is available here. For more information, please contact Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law, at

The University Of Bahcesehir

The University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul, Turkey, is a foundation university, established in 1998. Bahcesehir has quickly established itself as a progressive, dynamic educational institution. The school's modern facilities are located on the European side of the Bosphorus coast in the heart of Istanbul. With a population in excess of 10 million, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Its rich history dates back some 5,000 years. Students will enjoy a unique learning experience in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

The program contact for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program is Feridun Yenisey, a professor of law at the University of Bahcesehir. Professor Yenisey is the country's foremost expert on international and comparative criminal law.


There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. All classes are taught in English. No Turkish language skills are necessary for participation in the program. Approximately 20 law students from Turkey and other countries attend courses as guest auditors.

Course descriptions

  • Criminal Procedure in Europe
    (1 credit) Dr. Feridun Yenisey
    This course examines as representative of the Civil Law tradition the procedural rules of the criminal law systems operating in Turkey and Germany. Lectures will also concern the development of the European Union Criminal Law and its expansion under the leading decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Legal concepts and legal institutions of Islamic Criminal Law shall be explained and compared with Civil Law tradition.
  • International Tax Law
    (1 credit) Professor Stephen Mazza and Professor Gulsen Gedik
    This course gives students an introduction to the world of individual and corporate international taxation. The first portion of this course examines basic domestic and international tax rules from the perspective of the United States. The second portion of the course examines broader, comparative issues relating to international taxation, including operation of consumption-based taxes and worldwide vs. territorial taxation. Specific comparisons are made with the tax system in Turkey. No prior tax knowledge required.
  • International Environmental Law
    (1 credit) Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner
    This course will survey the foundations of international environmental law, and then consider international environmental law as it applies both in the transboundary context and to the global commons. A range of contemporary international environmental issues will be explored, including climate change, biodiversity loss, the marine environment, and ozone depletion. The course will examine a number of cross-cutting themes, including the relationship between international environmental law and general principles of international law; conflicts among differing legal regimes; the range of approaches to the regulation of activities within and beyond areas under national jurisdiction; the role and impact of competing state interests in the negotiation and enforcement of international regimes; the challenge of regulating in the face of scientific uncertainty; the role of both "soft" and "hard" law in addressing international environmental problems; and the contribution of international tribunals to the development of international environmental law.
  • International Cultural Heritage Law
    (1 credit) Professor Derek Fincham
    This course will examine the intersection between law and material cultural heritage. It will show how nations and individuals resolve disputes over art and antiquities. We will examine the international conventions governing cultural heritage and show how they have been useful for nations like Turkey, Italy and Greece in securing repatriation of art and antiquities. Particular attention will be given to the private and public laws used to resolve the growing number of international cultural heritage disputes. 


  • Feridun Yenisey is a professor of law at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a frequent visiting professor at law schools within the United States, including the University of Kansas, William Mitchell Law School, and South Texas College of Law. He is a leading proponent of Turkey’s efforts to modernize its criminal law system and has published widely on the topic.
  • Stephen Mazza is the dean of the KU School of Law and a professor specializing in tax law. He has taught a variety of tax courses, including individual, corporate, and partnership tax, as well as tax policy and procedure. He is the co-author of "Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure" (3rd ed. 2009).
  • Gulsen Gedik is an assistant professor in the Tax Law Department at the Uludag University, Faculty of Law​. Her specialty is tax law practice, including the Tax Court's and Constitutional Court's tax decisions. She recently published her Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of "Controlled Foreign Corporations."
  • Elizabeth Kronk Warner is an associate professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law whose research interests include Federal Indian law, tribal law, environment and natural resources, and property. She is co-editor of “Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, and the Search for Legal Remedies.”
  • Derek Fincham is an associate professor at South Texas College of Law. His research interests include art law, antiquities looting, and cultural heritage repatriation. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural heritage law from the University of Aberdeen, King’s College and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Property. 

Admission Requirements

Open to all students who have completed the first-year curriculum at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2012. Late applications are considered. If the program exceeds its cap of 40 U.S. law students, applicants will be placed on a waiting list with preference to early applicants.

Students should consult their home schools about transfer of credits and grading requirements for transfer of credits. Students should understand that it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should consult their home school to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304. Students who do not attend the University of Kansas, South Texas College of Law or William Mitchell College of Law must submit a letter of good standing from their law school registrar or dean.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).


Please refer to the Office of Study Abroad's website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Turkey. Airlines provide a variety of reduced fare plans and early booking can result in substantial savings. As summer flights tend to fill quickly, early travel arrangements should be made. Students, however, should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package and submit the financial aid contract.


Students will stay at the Akademic Aparts. The cost of housing is added to tuition fees and paid to the hotel directly by the University of Kansas School of Law.


Students must notify the University of Kansas through their online application, by letter or by e-mail of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, s/he will be liable for any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all, and all money will be refunded.

Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.

Health And Liability Insurance

The sponsoring school is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are required to obtain health insurance that will cover them during the program while outside of the United States.

Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Istanbul are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.

Apply for KU Law's Istanbul study abroad program

Stephen Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law

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